Keele University top for student satisfaction


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Posted on 12 August 2014
This year’s exceptional results underline our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and improving the all-round student experience.

Keele students are the happiest in the country. A national survey has placed the University first in the country for student satisfaction.

Feedback from Keele students found them to be happy with the quality of their university experience and rated their courses as intellectually stimulating, with the staff good at explaining things and enthusiastic about what they are teaching.

The University's exceptionally high overall satisfaction score of 93% exceeds the national average of 86% in the latest National Student Survey and places Keele in its highest ever position - above the likes of Oxford, Cambridge and the Open University and level with the universities of Bath and St Andrews.

Forensic Science and Sociology at Keele were ranked first for subject-level performace, with top 10 rankings for: American Studies, Anatomy, Biology, Geology, Maths, Media Studies, Medicine, Biochemistry, Music, Pharmacy, Politics, and Social Policy.

Keele's Students' Union was also again ranked amongst the top 10 in the country.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nick Foskett, said: "I am absolutely delighted that Keele students have rated their university so highly in the National Student Survey. This year’s exceptional results underline our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and improving the all-round student experience. These are very impressive results but equally we have performed consistently well in the NSS over a number of years. Students are looking for better value from their university and Keele is adapting its offering to suit those demands. They want quality teaching, with a community environment and strong employability record. "

Bolu Oyewale (KeeleSU President) said: "I am delighted that Keele has been voted joint top for overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey. It highlights the commitment Keele designates to the student experience and demonstrates the continual drive for improvement at both an institutional and faculty level. We are also delighted that KeeleSU has remained in the top ten for student satisfaction, clearly demonstrating that our students value the rounded student experience they get here at Keele. The result is especially pleasing as the survey is conducted independently and is based purely on student feedback."

Around 321,000 final-year students responded to this year’s survey – the highest response rate (71 per cent) since it began 10 years ago. A record number of universities and colleges from across the UK took part (156 higher education institutions, 166 further education colleges and three private higher education providers).


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